Navy Men Take Command, Women's Race Close after Opening Day at Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Jay Stell won the javelin title on the opening day for Navy.
Jay Stell won the javelin title on the opening day for Navy.

May 2, 2014

2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Central | Live Results

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Victories in four of the six events on Friday gave the Navy men a solid lead at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships, while five women's teams are within 15 points of first place after the opening day of action at Ingram Field.

The Navy men took the lead on their home field after individual victories from Ryan Kelley (10,000-meter run), Mark Vetere (pole vault) and Jay Stell (javelin) as well as a win in the 4 X 800m relay. The Mids lead with 82 points, while Bucknell stands second with 41 points after getting a victory from Ray Holmes in the long jump. Lehigh (32), Boston University (27), Army (26), American (9), Holy Cross (7), Lafayette (5) and Colgate (4) round out the men's standings, with BU also getting an individual win as Reuben Horace captured the hammer.

The women's standings offer a much different look as six teams are very much in contention for the title. Lehigh and Army share first place with 42 points, followed by Boston University (38), Bucknell (35.5), Lafayette (34), Navy (29), American (7) and Holy Cross (6.5). Lafayette and Army each had multiple event winners, as Rachel Pena (hammer) and Elise Buffinton (pole vault) won for the Leopards and Justine Rennekamp (javelin) and the 4 X 800m relay team earned victories for the Black Knights. Lehigh's Elizabeth Weiler won the 10,000-meter run and Boston University's Nikko Brady earned the victory in the long jump with a Patriot League Outdoor Championship meet record of 6.08 meters.

Vetere won his third straight men's pole vault title, while Stell won the men's javelin and Buffinton claimed the women's pole vault for the second year in a row.

Preliminaries were also held in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 100-meter (W) and 110-meter (M) hurdles, along with the opening day of events in the decathlon for the men and heptathlon for the women. Those events will wrap up on the final day of competition on Saturday when 16 titles will be on the line for both the men and women and Patriot League champions will be crowned on each side.



A full schedule of events is available at 2014 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships Central, which also includes Live Results to follow the action throughout the weekend.

All-League honors from the first day of competition are listed below.


First-Team All-Patriot League
Navy: Jay Stell (javelin), Mark Vetere (pole vault), Ryan Kelley (10,000-meter run), Weston Kennedy, Nicholas Palermo, Sean Rynning and Joshua Kingsland (4 X 800m relay)
Bucknell: Ray Holmes (long jump)
Boston University: Reuben Horace (hammer)

Second-Team All-Patriot League
Navy: Jiles Maness (pole vault), Thomas Buffone (hammer)
Lehigh: Julian Copeland (long jump)
Bucknell: George Trees (javelin)
American: John Pope (10,000-meter run)
Army: Dylan Chamberlen, Nathan Fisher, Joseph Hannigan and Clyde Wilson (4 X 800m relay)


First-Team All-Patriot League
Lafayette: Rachel Pena (hammer), Elise Buffinton (pole vault)
Army: Justine Rennekamp (javelin), Jennifer Comfort, Katrina Donarski, Elizabeth Moton and Allie Sutherland (4 X 800m relay)
Lehigh: Elizabeth Weiler (10,000-meter run)
Boston University: Nikko Brady (long jump)

Second-Team All-Patriot League
Army: Megan Gemar (pole vault), Lindsay Gabow (10,000-meter run)
Lehigh: Brooke Astor (long jump), Jessica Kendzor, Victoria Mullane, Amanda Ruschel and Ingrid Simon (4 X 800m relay)
Navy: Maressa Guynn (hammer)
Boston University: Allison Barwise (javelin)